Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 25 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2016. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from  their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad,  and Washington, DC. MBN has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week.  Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from the BBG.


Alhurra produces documentary series on countering violent extremism

Alhurra Television’s Invisible Enemy is a three-part documentary series that takes an in-depth look at what Moroccan citizens are doing to counter violent extremism.

BBG networks carry Trump speech live

As a part of their on-going coverage of the U.S. election process, the BBG networks provided live coverage of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in six global languages.

BBG networks provide thorough coverage of failed coup attempt in Turkey

For many people in Turkey, Iran, Russia and other places around the world, the networks served as the only source of accurate and unbiased coverage of the failed coup.

Alhurra’s Al Youm live from Morocco for Eid

Alhurra’s flagship program Al Youm broadcast live from Morocco during the week of Eid al Fitr. Anchor Nabila Kilani was live from Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh, for a special week of Al Youm broadcasts to mark the end of Ramadan.

From Iraq to Nebraska: A Yazidi journey of faith on Alhurra TV

'Yazidis: A Long Road to Healing' is an hour-long documentary that shows the complex and tragic history of the Yazidi people and current crisis they are facing at the hands of ISIL.


Alhurra TV wins bronze at the New York Festivals

Bronze medal, Best Promotional Program category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

Alhurra Television’s promotional video for the critically acclaimed series Delusional Paradise won a Bronze medal at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards on Tuesday.  The five-minute video won in the category of Best Promotional Program. Delusional Paradise is a part of the Middle East Broadcasting Network’s “Raise Your Voice” initiative.

Radio Sawa report wins silver at the New York festivals

Best Human Interest Story, silver medal, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2015)

Radio Sawa’s report on the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian children was awarded the Silver Medal in the New York Festivals’ 2015 International Radio Program in the Human Interest category.

Finalist for Audio/Radio App

Finalist for Audio/Radio App, Appy Awards (2015)

At the 2015 Appy Awards, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) was a finalist in the category of Audio/Radio.

Bronze for Best Community Portrait Documentary

Bronze for Best Community Portrait Documentary, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2015)

At the 2015 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) won a bronze award in the category of Best Community Portrait Documentary.

SND Award of Excellence

SND Award of Excellence, Society for News Design (SND) (2015)

The Society for News Design (SND) gave the Award of Excellence to Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).


“All Iraqi politicians, including the president, watch Alhurra-Iraq’s daily newscast Iraq Today, because they believe the coverage is independent and objective.”

Farhan AladinPolitical advisor to the Iraqi president